La Jolla Shores is a neighborhood located a 30-minute commute north of San Diego’s downtown central business core. This community is a residential and vacation community with a commercial shopping area along Avenda do la Playa where there are many shops and restaurants to visit.
Several local eateries advertise that they are dog-friendly and allow pups to join their owners on their outdoor patio seating areas. Dog-friendly restaurants include Cusp, Storehouse Kitchen, Cheese Shop, Barbarella Restaurant and Bar, and Galaxy Taco. The neighborhood is very walkable and pedestrian travel in the area is common.
Beautiful, sunny San Diego weather makes walking with your dog pleasant all year round. Winters are mild and only a light jacket is required as temperatures are well above freezing. Foggy conditions can occur in the spring, especially along the coast. Hot summer days can be uncomfortable for walking your dog. Take shorter walks at cooler times of the day when the heat is extreme.
La Jolla Shores' main landscape feature is its west coast along the Pacific Ocean. There is a beach, although it is fairly narrow, and the ocean in this area is known for being rough with strong currents, cold water, and large swells. Dogs are not permitted on most San Diego beaches unless designated, so check local regulations before venturing to the waterfront. There are cliffs along the shore to the south and a longer one-mile beach that extends to the north. A boat launch is located in the neighborhood that is a popular spot for kayakers.
The topography slopes down to the waterfront and rises to the east before sloping steeply down with natural terrain to Torrey Pines Road. While walking in the neighborhood, most elevation changes are gradual and it is not difficult for dog walkers and their pets to stroll down to the beach or back to their residences.
Homes in the area consists mostly of single-family construction. These houses are upscale with beautifully landscaped properties.
La Verde is the waterfront promenade along the Pacific Ocean on the west side of La Jolla Shores. The La Jolla Shores Park and Kellogg Park border this walking path and the waterfront walk. Both parks boast spectacular views of the ocean and make great places to enjoy a sunset while walking with your canine companion. They consist of open grassy areas with paved walking paths and there are benches along the walkways to enjoy a break and the view while trekking the area.
Kellogg Park also has some trees and gardens with a play structure and splash pad for little ones. Your dog must remain leashed in the parks and walkways and you should come prepared to clean up after any messes your dog makes to be respectful to other users.
The Torrey Pines Reserve to the north features many acres of natural terrain, wooded areas, and hiking trails on the cliffs above the ocean.